Hundreds of primary school students gearing up for the next stage of their educational journey, were this morning encouraged to let God take over as they embark on this new phase of their lives.
At On The Road To High School, a prayer event hosted by the organizers of Barbados Gospelfest, students from primary schools across the island worshipped under the theme Lord You Tek Over at New Dimensions Ministries.
For almost seven years, the graduating classes and some class three students of primary schools have attended this service, which aims to act as a means of spiritual preparation for secondary school. Through sing along worship, dance offs, musical selections and brief words of advice, the children were involved in the event.
Gospel artiste Bridget Blucher has a word of advice for students, telling them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. “This is what I want you to leave here knowing that you are God’s gift for this earth and He has placed you here because you have something to deposit in this generation. So let no one tell you that you can’t do what God has created you to do and He has created you to be winners,” she encouraged.
Thirteen-year-old Travis Britton challenged the students to prioritize God in their lives, always putting Him before anything else. He referenced Proverbs 3: 5-6 which tells readers to trust in the Lord, acknowledge Him and He will direct their paths.
Britton urged, “Do not be afraid to ask the Lord for help. Everyone at some point in their lives hits that bump in the road and this bump is called life. As you grow and develop, life gets harder and it may seem as if the world is against you, but God will never be.”
The Harrison College student assured the students that because they are young, mistakes will be made but God will always be there no matter what happens in their lives.
“Your friends may try to influence you to think that whatever they are doing is best for you, but they are wrong. Only God has the best interest at heart for you. When you give him your life and allow him to take over, the chains of peer pressure will slowly begin to shatter when you allow him to guide you,” he said.
As they enter secondary school, Britton cautioned students about striving for popularity which, he said, is insignificant and small in the eyes of God. He told each child to be a furnace, a force to be reckoned with, and an inspiration to others.